The Song of the Guns by Herbert Kaufman 1st / 1st 1914
London: T. Fisher Unwin (1914). This first print copy was published in October 1914. The wrappers are remarkably clean and there is very little wear at all to the spine. It is a rare near fine copy.Kaufman was a writer and journalist that during the war contributed articles to the Evening Standard and The Times. He was writer of over 50 war poems including ‘The Hell-gate of Soissons’, published here for the first time, about a bridge that was fought over and won by the British through sacrificing soldiers one by one. It proved so popular that this collection of poems was re-issued the following year as “The Hell-gate of Soissons and other poems”. Kaufman went on to support extremist and unpopular ideals later in life but the popularity of his ‘hell-gate’ poem remained as it has been included in several war poetry anthologies since.